About the Wraith
INNOVA's newest addition to the Distance Driver line. It is our longest and fastest Distance Driver to date. It is a stable flyer that performs predictably well in the wind with speed, glide and accuracy. This is our most durable Distance Driver in Pro plastic. This disc performs remarkably well when thrown at less than full speed as well as at full speed. The Pro Wraith is an excellent side arm disc. It is available in weights from 170 to 175 grams. Endorsed by 12-time World Champion, Ken Climo.
This is from the innova website on the disc. i use it for sidearm and it was one of my first disc i ever purchased. I would say whoever told you that about the wraith is a fool.
i love my wraith, if i am throwing backhand, i like the flight pattern of the beast a little better. but the wraith is definately my favorites sidearm disc that i use anytime i have a fairly short dog-leg right. but if i need distance i am just about always a backhander.
Many forehanders prefer discs with more stability than the Wraith because of the amount of snap that tends to be put on the disc in a sidearm throw, which makes the disc flip or turnover. I drive forehand and backhand and am now using an esp venom and I love it, it is a pretty overstable disc. That doesn't mean that the wraith is not good for sidearm, throw whatever works for you and what you have confidence in. Sometimes you want it to turnover anyway so it really depends on the thrower and the desired flight path.
(in my opinion)
The thing you want to look out for w/ the Wraith is at higher arm speeds some of the Champion plastic in the 168-170 range can be a bit flippy (Understable) but Star Wraiths seem to be a bit more stable, ive heard look for the dommey ones... I don't side arm my 169 champion, But i do sidearm my 166 Star... go figure.
the wraith can be thrown sidearm effectively!!!! It's the Archer not the arrow! Josh Taylor drops some wisdom here. A lot of newer sidearm throwers reach for more stable discs (firebird, etc) to let the discs overstability correct poor form or release angles.......throw what works for ya!
i throw backhand and sidearm. the wraith flips with my backhand, and you can only imagine what it does with sidearm. even a teerex flips on my sidearm most of the time. but then again, i used to throw a roadrunner. So in the end, try it out if you can and make your own decision.